December 13, 2011 – According to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, the Joint Advisory Committee from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) has issued recommendations and warnings concerning transvaginal mesh.
Due to the potential serious complications that can arise from transvaginal mesh surgery, only high-risk women should be considered for the procedure. Additionally, the committee recommends that a national registry be created in which patients who have undergone this surgical mesh procedure can be tracked.
Research from the Joint Advisory Committee found that of those who underwent surgery for prolapsed bladder or other pelvic organs using a surgical mesh, 20% experienced erosion of the mesh.
With more and more women undergoing this type of surgery, the number of incidents from mesh erosion and other serious complications continues to grow. About 350,000 women develop pelvic organ prolapse (POP) every year.
The Joint Advisory Committee is backing up the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommendations that doctors find an alternative way to treat bladder prolapse or other POP conditions.
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